Surge in Child Immigrants Stresses Support Network

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

On any given day this year, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement has cared for more than 2,100 unaccompanied child immigrants.

While it isn't new for minors to arrive alone, the scale of the increase is. Figures from the Department of Health and Human Services show that from October 2011 through March, 5,252 kids landed in U.S. custody without a parent or guardian -- a 93 percent increase from the same period the previous year.

About 200 of those kids recently moved to Lackland Air Force base near San Antonio for temporary housing.

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